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Hard Sell: Civil Rights and Edward R. Murrow's U.S. Information Agency, 1961-1963 Open Access

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Despite the importance of the relationship between public diplomacy and Cold War foreign policy, the efforts of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and Edward R. Murrow to defend the federal government's response to the civil rights movement during the John F. Kennedy administration has been largely overlooked or assessed in isolation from one another in studies on Murrow, Kennedy, and the civil rights movement. This paper closely examines Murrow's contributions to the formation of American public diplomacy, and it relies heavily on USIA documents and Murrow's personal papers to examine one of the most internationally visible arms of the U.S. government that deserves greater scrutiny by scholars of Murrow and Cold War public diplomacy.

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